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Amherst Researchers Create Magnetic Monopoles 156

Posted by timothy
from the can-we-call-them-dirac's-revenge? dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Nearly 85 years after pioneering theoretical physicist Paul Dirac predicted the possibility of their existence, an international collaboration led by Amherst College Physics Professor David S. Hall '91 and Aalto University (Finland) Academy Research Fellow Mikko Möttönen has created, identified and photographed synthetic magnetic monopoles in Hall's laboratory on the Amherst campus. The groundbreaking accomplishment paves the way for the detection of the particles in nature, which would be a revolutionary development comparable to the discovery of the electron." That's quite a step beyond detecting monopoles; the Nature abstract is online, but the full paper is paywalled.

Comment: Re:Trending political procedures... (Score 2) 314

by XnavxeMiyyep (#44842801) Attached to: NYC Is Tracking RFID Toll Collection Tags All Over the City
Seattle has something similar on the 520 bridge. People with out of state license plates don't get billed. Last I checked, occasionally locals would get bills in the mail (in unmarked white envelopes, of course) if they had the same license plates as the out-of-state ones.

Comment: Re:Preserve Cultural Heritage (Score 1) 155

by XnavxeMiyyep (#43843935) Attached to: <em>Star Wars</em> Episode 4 To Be Dubbed In Navajo

I'm not sure how they manage to do it, seeing as how much longer most of the text on signage and product packaging becomes so much longer when translated.

Written like someone who's never studied French! A large portion of the letters are silent (also their vowels are pronounced more quickly than in English).

"Ils nagent" (they swim) is pronounced like "ill naj".

Comment: Re:rediculous (Score 1) 604

by XnavxeMiyyep (#43505733) Attached to: Bruce Schneier On the Marathon Bomber Manhunt
This is, in part, because municipal annexation is difficult in Massachusetts. If you compare the "urban" (4.18 million) and "metro" (4.59 million) populations, you'll see that it's comparable to other large cities with a larger city proper. For instance, Berlin's Metro area is 4.5 million. Maybe not competitive with the top 50 cities, but easily comparable to the top 100 in the world.

In these matters the only certainty is that there is nothing certain. -- Pliny the Elder